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years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and when we are confident that we're doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international la
at global involvement in the cia secret program of prisons, rendition and torture in the years after 9/11. the open society justice initiative says 54 countries aided the cia until president obama halted the program in 2009. the report also reveals that at least 136 people were held by the cia during those years -- the largest tally to date. the countries' assistance ranged from allowing cia planes to refuel to hosting the prisons where the detainees were tortured. the report's authors said -- the report comes as an italian appeals court has reversed a lower court decision acquitting three cia agents involved in the 2003 kidnapping of a muslim cleric. abu omar was seized in the streets of milan in 2003, taken to u.s. bases in italy and germany before being sent to egypt where he suffered torture during a four-year imprisonment. the reversal means all 26 tried in the case had been found guilty in italy. none have been extradited, but are subject to arrest if they travel in europe. the justice department is filing civil charges against the credit rating agency standard and poor's for imp
for cia director nominee john brennan. >> tough questions about drones. >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states. >> targeted killing by the cia is not just something they're allowed to do quietly on their own. >> with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel i have been jerked around by every cia director. >> i love these groups that are criticizing us saying, well, they're fake conservatives. >> this newspaper article about karl rove's intentions is only serving to unite the tea party. >> you made some mistakes but everybody makes mistakes. >> sure. >> heard anything on nbc about the drones? >> not yet. >> tonight we have exclusive reporting on the contents of that white paper. joining us now is nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. ♪ >>> we start on a day where up to three feet of snow and winds nearing hurricane strength are expected to batter the northeast, and we'll have much more on that throughout the broadcast. but we begin in washington where we are awaiting the presid
before cia director john brennan even finished his opening statement. what were they angry about? drones taking out american traitors overseas. we'll talk about that in the next little bit with ann coulter. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. >>> in this half hour, the controversial and incomparable ann coulter will join us to talk about a revealing day in washington, d.c., foreign policy, the sad truth about benghazi. the cia director john brennan and his support for drone bombings to kill american traitors and we might get into waterboarding as well. first up the automatic sequester spending cuts set to kick in in three weeks. outgoing secretary of defense leon pan et offered these dire warning today before congress. take a listen. >> frankly one of the greatest security risks we are now facing as a nation that, this budget uncertainty could prompt the most s
unmanned cia drones to strike more than 300 suspected terrorist targets, even more than his predecessor. but today, we learned just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill, without trial or evidence, suspected terrorists, even american citizens. a newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, "an informed, high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat." but the document says it "does not require the government to have clear evidence." case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terrorist attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding that he considered torture. but this justifies outright killing of a suspected terrorist. how does dropping a bomb on an american citizen with
appreciate it. >> thank you. lou: up next, the president's choice to run the cia defending the obama administration's drones and targeted killings. leading attorneys join us to tell us where is the constitution in all of this? yemen accuses iran of arming insurgents after weapons are seized and explosives. fox news terrorism analyst joins me next. ♪ lou: russian design sam two and sam three antiaircraft missiles c4 high explosives material found off a ship off the northern yemen coast. that shipment originated in iran. coordinated with the navy, and mike rogers tells fox it's part of a broader pattern to destabilize the region. joining us, middle east and terrorism analysts dr. ferris. they are caught red-handed here while they -- why is the united states not responding and responding strongly? >> well, first of all, this is not really the first time the iranian regime sent shipments of weapons as far as yemen, northern yemen. they went, imagine all i way through iran to the arabian peninsula, the international waters to get ton an enclave in northern yemen, far from the gulf where
the nomination of john brennan as cia chief. lou dobbs will give us his take. melissa: checking your e-mail after work. should that be considered over time? back to the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole: what we are seeing right now is the dow jones industrials down about 92 points. at our lowest level we were about 13,852. the truth is a lot of the traders still look at this exceptionally strong dollar. it puts pressure not only on our equities, but also on commodities and materials and that is the environment that we are seeing right now. oil pulling back. as far as the major averages, names like caterpillar, hewlett-packard, as i noted energy, exxon is one of the biggest lakers right now. we did cross 14,000. that was our fundamental moment will the move to those highs. melissa: strongly rejecting proposals for direct talks with the united states on a host of issues including the nuclear program. "talks will not solve any problems". iran was pushing for rollback on western sanctions in exchange for some key concessions on its nuclear program. they say the nuclear fuel is for energy
this week with the confirmation hearings for the new cia director john brennan. in this bipartisan letter, they're urging the president to produce these highly classified memos that authorize the targeted killing program. so to quote congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizen is is subject to appropriate limitations and safe guards in a recent interview the aclu said the memos should be reduced, claiming they're in direct conflict with the rule of law. >> so violates the very idea of having a rule of law, and then to have the architect of the whole program get a major promotion and be brought up for cia director. the senate intelligence committee has to have ask some hard questions of mr. brennan. >> those senators said in the letter in a thinly veiled warning if these memos are not provided or there's not good cooperation from the administration they're going to hold or block the nomination of brennan or hagel. >> north korean leaders released a video, set to the tune of wow we are the world." is it anything to worry about? well
of the drone program prepares for his confirmation hearing to the top spot at the c.i.a. catherine herridge tells us some lawmakers are demanding answers. >> the white house press secretary was peppered with questions about the president's authority to target u.s. citizens. >> these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial. >> i would point you to the ample judicial precedent. >> this letter signed by eight democrats and three republicans urges mr. obama to produce the memos th authorizes use the drones to congress and republicans can decide whether it's subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. susan colins says fundamental principals are at stake. >> the obama administration released all these opinions from the office of legal council about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so why the different stad. >> first reported by nbc news, a leaked draft memo argues americans such as anwar al awlaki, the first american targeted for death, you are lawful because of their leadership within al-q
and diana, back to you. >> all right, jim. thanks a lot. >>> now we turn to capitol hill where cia nominee john brennan has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks against the u.s. but never merely as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia ands the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would damn well make sure this committee had that type of information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to actually regulate those strikes. >> talking about, this is a hot button issue. at the very beginning of that hearing, it was interrupted repeatedly by protesters who came in, and eventually the entire room had to be cleared and only people authorized to be there, because it was supposed to be open to the public, they were asked to leave. i
forceful warning to date that lawmakers may stall or even block mr. obama's nominee to run the cia. white house counter terrorism advisor john brennan unless the senators get good cooperation from the administration like providing the secret legal memos, quote: congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. republican senator susan collins who signed a letter telling fox late today the refusal to release the secret memos is hypocritical. >> obama administration that released all of these opinions from the office of legal counsel about the bush administration's treatment of detainees. so, why the different standards? >> brennan is expected to be pressed thursday not only on the targeted killing program but the cia interrogation program. critics call torture and whether he was or knows the source of these national security leaks to the media shep. >> shepard: you mentioned critics, catherine, many of them are saying the president isn't really living up to his own promises. >> they
. this is your fox news minute. president obama's nominee to head the cia facing very tough questions from lawmakers on capitol hill this afternoon. appearing before the senate intelligence committee to take part in a confirmation hearing. in ahead of that hearing how a white house is giving a small group of lawmakers sensitive documents providing insight into the administration legal rationale for drone strikes on americans suspected of working with terrace. several lawmakers who requested those documents were on the committee that will grow the start of the program. and talk to give up details about who helped him dope and how he covered it up to anti-doping authorities. a former professional cyclist wants to do it to reduce his lifetime competition in down to eight years. those are your news headlines. back to dagen and connell. dagen: you better be careful if you go under oath, right? if lance armstrong goes under oath and they discover he told one lie, watch out. connell: i thought you were talking to me personally. the nation's largest running auto show is kicking off today in chicag
. >> what do you need to hear from nominee cia nominee john brennan then on the hearing thursday? >> i think wuone thing the administration should do is release the legal memos before that hearing because this briefing paper is a summary of the legal memos, not the legal memos themselves. that should inform the debate about john brennan's nomination and then asked about the drone program, about his role in it, what he thinks of the checks and balances in place. >> thank you very much for joining us. i hope we can talk with you the day of the hearing, as well. thank you. >> thank you. >>> up next, talking to adam schiff about a bill he's proposing to make it easier to file lawsuits against gun makers and gun dealers. >>> plus, new details just in on how the 5-year-old boy in alabama was rescued after being held for a week in that underground bunker. a live report for you from the ground. >>> first, today's "money minute." here's a look at the markets. look at you, so dashing. come on. nowadays, lots of people go by themselves. no they don't. yeah... hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ prom! [ laug
brennan to be c.i.a. director. brennan has been key in implementing the stepped-up use of drones to target terror suspects. >> ifill: for more now on the justice department's white paper, we get two views. matthew waxman is a professor of law at columbia law school and a fellow at the council on foreign relations. and hina shamsi is director of the american civil liberties union's national security project. hina shamsi, has you look at this white paper today did it tell you something you did not know or that maybe you snerd. >> well, the argument in the white paper is quite familiar in many ways to speeches that senior administration officials have given. but i think there are two aspects that are particularly problematic and deeply chilling and everyone should read this white paper. someone what it says or summarizes about the substantive legal standards that the government is apparently applying. it starts out claiming that there are limits, for example, imminent threats, as you quoted in your introduction. as you keep reading as it turns out for a high-level official to determine that a
thursday when john brennan is questioned for cia chief >>> the superdome blackout is taking on a life of its own. an independent third party will investigate. the 35 minute electrical outage during super bowl xlvii set off a storm of speculation about the cause. it was a huge embarrassment for new orleans. but the nfl said it probably won't keep the city from hosting another big game. >>> okay, back here at home, today 49ers fans got a little sweet treat to help drown their sorrows. how about chocolate pudding? jell-o drop off -- who doesn't love chocolate pudding? it was a consolation for fans in san francisco upset over the super bowl loss. at one of locations, broadway and columbus, fans got a chance to meet hall of famer and former 49er ronnie lott. >> we are trying to just honor what the 49ers were able to accomplish. it's amazing. the fans are already excited about next year. >> lott also says he has faith the 49ers can win the super bowl next year. >> comfort food. >>> this sunday on kpix 5, the biggest night in music. the grammys. this ye
former bush c.i.a. director tenet. tea party? your move. thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar. >>current will let me say anything. >> john: two weeks ago on this program, we covered the horrific story of the southern california archdiocese finally being forced to release documents revealing that church officials including cardinal roger mahoney knew of priests sexually abusing children and rather than turn them into law enforcement merely relocated the priests to different parishes. the document released which was shamefully delayed for six years by the church was part of a $660 million settlement with over 50 victims of this abuse. now more shame as lawyers for the victims allege that the documents released are incomplete with numerous names redacted in complete defiance of a judge's order. leaving one to wonder why the church is so afraid to make a full confession of sins. joining me now is david clohessy, executive director of the survivor's network of those abused by priests and the executive dire
and dagger showing of director of the cia and have you taken a break from facebook or facebook vacation, if you like? and never gone back. we revealed new research that you probably want to know about if you are a facebook investor. all those things coming up on "street signs." back to you on "power lunch." >> thanks, mandy. in today's yahoo! finance question of the day. we ask as housing continues to recover how concerned are you that we may be wentering a housing bubble? 25% say they are very concerned. 25% say somewhat concerned but half of you say you are not concerned. ty? >> we call this powerhouse and every thursday we look at a top 20 housing market across the country. we talked to a realtori doing business, showing homes. this week we go to denver. larry is a broker associated with the kent wood company. larry, welcome, good to have you with us. >> great to be here tyler. let's look at numbers you crunched for us for at weekending february 3. 958 listings under contract sales. and you've got some listings for us. how hot is the market, mr. hots? >> well, it is definitely my nam
and that the first casualty may, in fact, be his nominee for cia director, white house counter terrorism advisor john brennan. shannon? >> i imagine he'll have tough questions in the senate on thursday. >> reporter: could be the hardest hearing we've had. thank you. >>> moments ago a senior official apparently said what we're looking at is a draft of the white paper. not sure if that changed the details for many folks, but we'll follow up on that and let you know more. >>> dramatic new details on a daring rescue in alabama where the fbi managed to free a hostage held for seven days. they were watching the suspect and the boy deep in an underground bunker when they decided it was time to move in. elizabeth pran is live with more. hello, elizabeth. >> reporter: hi, shannon. we have new information for you. school officials came to our location and gave us more details about the school bus that as dragged away from the crime scene. we now know that school bus is retired, and today a new bus and bus number went along charles poland's route this morning, although not all the children were on board. they d
initiative. it's a human rights organization. the report says 54 nations hosted cia locations where prisoners faced harsh interrogation methods, including torture. those nations, according to the report, included egypt, libya and syria. >>> well, a bill to improve securities at american embassies overseas has passed the senate. it's now headed to the house. the measure comes after embassy chris stevens -- ambassador chris stevens and three other citizens in killed in libya. a suicide bomber killed a guard an injured a journalist at the embassy in turkey last friday. >>> we're just hours away from hearing more details on lawmakers' plans to revamp federal american laws. kyla campbell is in our washington, d.c. newsroom where you just heard from the top u.s. drug official. morning, kyla? >> reporter: yeah, the federal government does not focus resources on arresting marijuana users, i'm told. in fact, just .1% of state prison inmates nationwide are there on possession only charges. this news could help the two lawmakers proposing changes to federal american laws today. the democrats from colora
happen to have a known terrorist on the cia's department watch list in your living room, perhaps you have some issues, too. don't get me wrong. >> no, you don't, harold. did you go to law school? if you're an american, are you telling me if you're an american overseas and you happen to stumble into the wrong zip code, you could be killed because somebody is sitting in the living room of a guy who is a terrorist? >> i've never had one in my living room. >> but you may not know the guy is a terrorist. maybe you know him from the mosque you're going to. maybe you're the only two americans. i don't know how to play this. >> all these questions have to be answered. >> just because you're in the same proximity with a suspected terrorist, who has not been charged with any crimes, then you may be killed. >> call me old-fashioned, i like checks and balances on the executive branch, even during war. >> i agree with you. the senate should ask these questions, i don't disagree with that. >> here's my question. i get the hip poxcracy of it or disconnect previous administrations have received and this
to the cia fact book, literacy rate overall is 20%. given those numbers, how difficult is it your job of getting information to afghanis? guest: when you see almost 28% of the country is illiterate, meaning more than 72% mark is illiterate, that means we are faced with people they are not easy to receive things or digest things, so it is very hard in a country like afghanistan with the fact that more than 70% are illiterate, on the other hand, in afghanistan security, reaching for the people because of bad [indiscernible] because of the geographic afghanistan, it is hard to work, but it does not mean it will stop us. host: our guest abdul mujeeb khalvatgar is director of nai media institute. we're talking about journalism in afghanistan, how afghanis get their news and the freedom of the press in that country. we want to take your phone calls on this. the numbers -- here is the world news section of the "wall street journal." afghan peace still sought in six months. i am wondering, is this the type of headlines afghanis would see, the second to read the newspapers or have the newspape
before the senate for confirmation as cia director on thursday, where he's expected to face tough questions about the targeted killings. as one of the chief architects of the controversial obama program, he's defended the program in the past. >> we conduct targeted strikes, because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat, to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> now, a bipartisan group of senators led by democrats wants to see a classified version of this document. there is a classified legal opinion, they believe there's more information in there they want to review. they say if they do not get it, some of the nominations for national security officials, perhaps even brennan's, maybe held up in the senate. wolf? >> all right, barbara, thank you. later this hour, we'll have a major debate on the president's policies on these drones' so-called kill list, including the killing of americans. that's coming up later this hour. kate balduan is here. you've got some new details on what happened 24 hours ago, almost exactly. >> on that amazing
woman says the men spared her because she is mexican. >>> according to the "new york times" the cia uses a remote base in saudi arabia to conduct strikes against al qaeda militants in yemen. this is considered politically sensitive. al qaeda and other militants group have used saudi arabia's close working relationship with the u.s. to criticize saudi leaders. >>> some members of congress are looking to limit the government's authority to use the unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. it follows the release of a new report from the justice department that says it would be lawful to target and even kill a u.s. citizen if the person is suspected of being a terrorist. >>> 7:16. just minutes ago -- you saw it live -- the u.s. postal service officially announced plans to stop saturday mail deliveries. kyla campbell is live in our washington, d.c. bureau to tell us how soon these changes will take place. kyla? >> reporter: well, the postal service plans to eliminate the saturday delivery of first- class mail starting the week of august 5th. we'll take a live look at the press conference.
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